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Post Reply Which part of Japanese is the most difficult for you to learn?
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Posted 11/29/14 , edited 8/13/15
ここの皆さんは日本語が大好きねぇ。Everyone here really loves Japanese, but in your opinion, what is the most difficult part of learning Japanese, and why?
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Posted 11/29/14
I haven't learned Kanji yet but I bet you trying to remember them all is hard >3>
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Posted 12/1/14
Definitely kanji for me. I mean... there are some kanji that are really easy for me to remember such as 人 or like 日... but when I sit down to do some studying for Japanese... I always find that my concentration slips. Learning and remembering kanji for me is extremely tedious I guess you could say.
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Posted 12/5/14
For me it's speaking Japanese o_o Trying to remember all the grammatical rules while struggling with producing a correct sentence is... hard

Kanji can be tricky as well, especially the awfully similar ones - you know, like those that have some 15+ strokes and differ from one another by just one element. It's a nightmare, yeah

それでも、がんばりましょうよ、みなさん。
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Posted 12/10/14
It's gotta be kanji, right? I love them, I find them fascinating and it's always fun to copy them line by line and see the resulting picture slowly emerge but there are just so many of them!
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Posted 1/14/15
I've learned quite a few kanji and greatly improved my vocab. Learning all the tricky advanced grammar so I can read whatever I want to is where I'm getting tripped up.
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Posted 1/14/15
I'm trying to learn Kanji by vocabulary. It's very cumbersome. I have only really gotten the basic grammar parts down. So right now Kanji is really punching me in the gut.
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Posted 1/15/15
I spent the better part of a year just learning the kanji and then learning vocab. It made a big difference in how quickly I can pick up vocab since I can often "guess" the reading and meaning just by looking at the kanji.

But, in retrospect, I think the best way is to learn both together. Pick a few kanji a day and then associated vocab for the kanji. Put both in flashcard decks and practice, practice, practice.

It's still going to take a long time no matter how you do things, but learning both together acts as reinforcement. I also think you might get less confused when you see all the exceptions out there. Individual kanji may have several readings and meanings. And then there are the cases where kanji are used phonetically (ateji) so the "meaning" of the kanji is completely irrelevant to the vocab word.
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Posted 1/30/15
Trying to remember all of the different words for stuff like "Anyways", "And", "But", etc. I'm absolute crap at it for every language and I don't know why... Yet remembering like, every other word that is pretty much useless in real life is easy... go figure
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Posted 1/31/15
I agree about that. I have a rather large set of flash cards devoted to conjunctions, adverbs, and idiomatic phrases.
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One of the hardest problems I have with Japanese also comes from one of my biggest surprises. It's something that is only lightly touched upon in anime, but you hits you hard when you try to read books. The Japanese love love love! wordplay and puns.

Alternate readings, one of the most common forms of wordplay, is hard for me. Both your vocab and kanji have to be solid. Plus, having a good dictionary by your side helps. The higher-level the book (high school and above), the more you'll run into wordplay. On the flip-side, the wordplay adds a lot of depth, so it is great practice for reading and understanding Japanese.
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I hate them with all my heart.
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Posted 5/4/15
I haven't even started to learn Kanji (i only know like 2-5 from recognition and use rikaikun to read the hiragana mostly) but I feel like that will be the hardest part.
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Posted 8/20/15
Well, speaking from the perspective of one who can only recognize a number of words when spoken, and can't read just about any Japanese (I recognize some of the numbers lol), the written language is by far the most difficult for me at this point.

Romaji has it's use .. there isn't really any other way to communicate Japanese words in writing to a Japanese illiterate like me, without it. I do however realize it as a crutch, from a "learning the language" perspective, that most language teachers probably lament. Regardless, it's a necessary evil because the bulk of the Japanese language illiterate populace will not take the time to learn to read Japanese.

The resource I have used the most is RomajiDesu http://www.romajidesu.com/ because it allows translation between most forms as well as having a little "hear it" tool. For learning, I have been pointed to "Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese" http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/

My memory, anymore, is the single biggest deterrent for me to really dig into the language. I just can't retain things like I used to. It's likely because I don't sleep well through the night anymore and my brain doesn't get a chance to really sort and store what I've learned on any given day.

It's like my Dad used.. to... say.... *nose bubble forms*
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Posted 8/20/15
恥ずかしい。。

Being too shy to open my mouth to ever say anything in Japanese... this is really bad in real life but it also extends to writing in Japanese because I am kind of afraid of screwing things up. (Which is a bit of a circular process as it takes me ages to improve because I simply don't do anything and so can't make any mistakes... anyway, I'm trying not to be so bad but uh... 逃げろ!
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